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Preview: Chicago Cubs @ Colorado Rockies

Game time: 8 : 40 pm EDT


Radio: WGN 720, KOA 850


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Chicago’s trouble continues in the West.

Before their current road trip in the West Coast, the Cubs (59-95) had a season record of 0-13 facing teams from the NL West. They are still searching to break that “zero” after a 10-5 defeat to the Rockies (60-94) at Coors Field Tuesday.

The Nothsiders kicked off a three-game series in Denver in a rainy night when the offense poured in even harder than the rain.

Both starters were victimized by numerous hits. Two teams combined 15 runs and 22 hits in a shortened game of six-and-a-half innings.

Jorge De La Rosa started the game by allowing lead-off Dave Sappelt’s first career home run in the majors. The Cubs took advantage of shortstop Josh Rutledge’s fielding error to score two unearned run in the same frame.

Starlin Castro homered a solo shot in the third giving the Cubs a wider lead which, however, disappeared in the fourth.

After yielding a solo round tripper to Wilin Rosario in the second, Cubs starter Chris Rusin gave up a triple to ex-Cub DJ LeMahieu and walked Rutledge before another former Cub Tyler Colvin tripled to score both runners.

He put himself deeper in the hole in the fourth. LeMahieu scored his second run of the game and Rutledge’s double tallied Andrew Brown and Matt McBride. The Rockies took the 6-5 lead for the first time.

McBride gave his team a bigger cushion by cracking a three-run shot off Rafael Dolis in the fifth. Colvin scored the last run of the game in the sixth on Chris Nelson’s third single of the night.

Crew chief umpire Jim Joyce suspended the game in the mid-seventh due to heavier rain and called the game forty eight minutes into the delay.

On Wednesday, Cubs manager Dale Sveum will give ball to Jason Berken (0-1, 3.27) who will make a debut facing the Rockies. In his previous start last Wednesday, Berken scattered two hits through six scoreless innings before reliever Manny Corpas unleashed the Reds by giving up five runs on six hits in the seventh inning for a 5-3 loss of the Cubs.

He is still seeking for the first win of the season after three starts.

Expect a long reliever to replace Drew Pomeranz (1-9, 5.30) who will take the mound for the Rockies. Pomeranz has a tendency of brief outings; he tossed five innings or less in 17 of his 20 starts this season.

In his last game against the Diamondbacks, he needed 85 pitches to complete three innings in which he yielded four runs on four hits while walking five and striking out four.

The southpaw is winless in his previous 13 starts since his victory came in Washington on July 6 after shutting out the Nationals in 6 1/3 innings.

He received a no-decision in his only start facing the Cubs in Chicago on August 24 by giving up two runs, two solo dingers to Welington Castillo and Alfonso Soriano, over five innings.



By: Patrick Au Yeung Chicago Cubs Correspondent
Twitter - @Cubs_sportsdesk